Dalglish vows to protect Liverpool youth
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is delighted with how teenagers John Flanagan and Jack Robinson have adapted after being thrown in at the deep end following injuries to key players.
The inexperienced full-backs helped Liverpool earn a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last Sunday, while 18-year-old Flanagan also caught the eye in the 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the club's previous game. Both could again feature when League Cup winners Birmingham City visit Anfield on Saturday, but Dalglish is wary of over-using the fledglings after their rapid emergence from the club's youth academy.
"We're delighted with what they've done and the fact it's been against Man City and Arsenal speaks volumes for them and the way they've been brought up," Dalglish said. "We just hope it continues, but at the same time we're not going to get carried away and we're not going to destroy the boys.
"We've got to be conscious of the fact they are only kids and we've got to look for any wee signs maybe it's a proper time to give them a rest if they need it. We've got to look after them and be consistent. We've got to keep our feet on the ground."